Definitions of magnet

  1. (physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; "flowers are an attractor for bees" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. The loadstone; a species of iron ore (the ferrosoferric or magnetic ore, Fe3O4) which has the property of attracting iron and some of its ores, and, when freely suspended, of pointing to the poles; - called also natural magnet. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A bar or mass of steel or iron to which the peculiar properties of the loadstone have been imparted; - called, in distinction from the loadstone, an artificial magnet. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The loadstone; a variety of ore having the property of attracting iron; a steel bar having the power to attract iron artificially given to it; a person or thing that attracts. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The lodestone, an iron ore which attracts iron, and, when freely suspended, points to the poles: a bar or piece of steel to which the properties of the lodestone have been imparted. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. The lodestone; piece of iron or steel having the properties of the lodestone, viz.; attracting iron and pointing to the poles. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A body capable of attracting to itself iron and steel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The loadstone; a steel bar to which the properties of the loadstone have been imparted. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. The loadstone, which has the property of attracting iron, and of pointing to the poles when freely suspended; a bar of steel, to which the properties of the loadstone are imparted by contact; any piece of iron rendered powerfully attractive by a galvanic current; any powerful attraction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for magnet

  1. I'll use the magnet called Morey. – Invaders from the Infinite by John Wood Campbell
  2. An Italian in England, describing a visit to the philosopher Roger Bacon in 1258, writes as follows: Among other things he showed me an ugly black stone called a magnet – A History of Sea Power by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott